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Winter Words: ‘apres ski for the mind’

Aspen Times Staff
Author Lisa See makes a Winter Words appearance on Feb. 20. (Patricia Williams)

Call it “apres ski for the mind.” That’s how the Aspen Writers’ Foundation decribes the lineup of events for its 2007 Winter Words Series.

The 10th annual Winter Words will bring six writers for talks and readings from January through March.

The series opens Jan. 8 at the Sky Hotel with Yusef Komunyakaa. The Louisiana-born poet, a professor at New York University, earned the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for his collection “Neon Vernacular: New and Selected Poems.” His “Thieves of Paradise” and “Talking Dirty to the Gods” were finalists for the National Book Critics Award. The New Jersey resident’s latest work is a verse play, “Gilgamesh.”

Wyoming writer Gretel Ehrlich, whose books include “Heart Mountain” and “The Solace of Open Spaces,” is set to appear Feb. 1 at the Given Institute. Her latest work is “The Future of Ice,” about climate change. Ehrlich had to postpone her scheduled appearance at the Writers’ Foundation’s Aspen Summer Words earlier this year.

Ana Castillo, a Chicago-born, Latina-American whose works include the American Book Award-winning novel, “The Mixquiahuala Letters,” will read works of fiction and poetry Feb. 13 at the Given Institute. The New Mexico resident is a poet, novelist, editor and translator, and a frequent contributor to national periodicals.

Lisa See, author of the international bestseller “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan,” appears at the Given Institute on Feb. 20. Her first book, “On Gold Mountain,” a memoir/history of her Chinese-American family, was a New York Times Notable Book and national bookseller, and became the basis for an opera.

Colum McCann, who appeared at the Irish-themed 2005 Aspen Summer Words, returns March 8 at the Given Institute. McCann is the author of the award-winning novel “Dancer,” and the forthcoming “Zoli.” His short film, “Everything in this Country Must,” was nominated for an Oscar in 2005. He lives in New York City.

Winter Words 2006 closes March 14 at the Given Institute with Wyoming-based writer Alexandra Fuller, whose 2001 debut, the memoir “Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight,” was named the No. 1 nonfiction book of the year. Her work has also appeared in the New Yorker, National Geographic, Vogue, New York Times Book Review and Granta Magazine.

Each event begins at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 ($10 for students/educators who show a school ID). A pass to all six events is $70 for foundation members and $80 for nonmembers. Tickets, season subscriptions and Author Salon after-party passes are all availble from the Aspen Writers’ Foundation ” go to, or call 925-3122.

The Aspen Times, Aspen, Colo.

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